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Definition of ignite verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ignite
    he / she / it ignites
    past simple ignited
    -ing form igniting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to start to burn; to make something start to burn Gas ignites very easily. ignite something Flames melted a lead pipe and ignited leaking gas.
  2. 2[transitive] ignite something to cause a powerful emotion or reaction; to give force or energy to something His words ignited their anger. The book ignited a firestorm of debate. Legends often ignite the imagination of fiction writers.
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